Americans spent more than $60 billion in 2010 to lose weight, and 84 percent of Americans wish they were in better shape. Why is it then that our obesity rates are on the rise and approximately 90 percent of exercise and diet plans fail? What's keeping us from reaching our fitness goals? In my 28 years of experience in the fitness industry, I've found that busyness and confusion are two major obstacles holding us back from success.
Busyness is an epidemic, and Christian women are not immune. As busy as we are, we are still not finding time to complete our daily to-do lists. Between family, work, volunteering, and household jobs, we can't imagine finding the time to take proper care of our bodies. We often go to bed thinking, "I can't believe another day went by, and I didn't exercise or eat healthy." Guilt and discouragement settle in. This is where Satan wants us—our bodies busy, tired, not functioning optimally, guilt-ridden, and discouraged.
I know how it feels to be overwhelmed. I'm a wife and mother of three teenagers who works, sits on a non-profit board, and struggles to get everything done. Here are six reasons why I make the time to care for my body:
1. Just 30 minutes of exercise yields, on average, 1.5 hours of more productivity per day.
2. When I properly fuel my body, I have more energy and a better attitude.
3. When I exercise I sleep better, I'm sick less, and my mind is sharper.
4. A healthy diet and exercise strengthens my muscles and bones, which helps my posture.
5. Strength exercises increase my metabolism, which helps me maintain a healthy weight.
6. When flying in an airplane, we're told, "Secure your own oxygen mask before helping those around you." If I want to love and serve others well, I have to take care of myself first.